The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Centre for Child Law (CCL), University of Pretoria and Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape will host a one-week intensive short course on Children's Rights in Africa from 2 to 6 November 2020.
Course date: 2 - 6 November 2020
Venue: Zoom (Online)
COVID-19 Update on this course
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, would like to inform applicants and prospective applicants of the Advanced Human Rights Course on Children's Rights in Africa (2 – 6 November 2020) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of borders as well as academic institutions in South Africa, the course will be presented in a modified format — a format different from the conventional contact sessions.
The course will this year be presented virtually during the above period of one week, on Zoom. A limited number of applicants will be admitted to take part in the course. Lectures will be virtual, and participants will be required to do reading, submit assignments, and engage in exercises. There will be between 5 and 6 hours of interactive lectures a day. These lectures will be complemented by other activities.
Participants should therefore have access to reliable and consistent internet and must have the Zoom application on their laptops, desktop, cellphones or tablets.
An electronic certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course. Full participation is required for the award of the certificate.
About the course
The course is an initiative intended to build the technical capacity of diverse professionals working for and with children across the African continent. During the course, participants are equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to meaningfully contribute to the realization of children’s rights in Africa.
Despite African governments’ commitment to the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of children under their respective jurisdictions, a majority of children in Africa are still left behind with regards to the realisation of their basic human rights and access to basic services such as adequate nutrition, adequate housing, quality education, and healthcare. One of the reasons identified as being responsible for this dire situation is the lack, among key stakeholders, of adequate knowledge of the relevant standards pertaining to the rights of children, as well as the processes and procedures through which the standards can be enforced. This gap leads to ineffective implementation of existing legal and policy frameworks at domestic level, with severe repercussions on the quality of life lived by large numbers of children on the continent.
It is against this background that the initiative of holding this course yearly came about.
The primary goal of the course is to provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of children’s rights, and to equip them with skills for promoting and monitoring the implementation of the rights and welfare of children. The course shines a spotlight on the African context, and contextualises the universal children’s rights discourse to the region.
The course has also proved to be an excellent platform for networking and collaboration towards the advancement of children’s rights in Africa.
Topics may include
- The history of children’s rights
- Concepts and philosophies underlying children’s rights
- Normative frameworks and standards on children’s rights
- Implementation of children’s rights
- Enforcement of children’s rights
- Contemporary and emerging issues in children’s rights
- Intersectionality in children’s rights
- Advocacy and children’s rights
The course is open to individuals whose work affects, directly or indirectly, the lives of children. Participants may therefore include government officials, representatives of civil society, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary, national human rights institutions, social workers, or academics with an interest in children’s rights.
A maximum of 35 participants are admitted to the course per year.
The course is facilitated by renowned experts in the field of children’s rights in Africa, including academics, researchers, advocates and other professionals working with and for children in Africa, and beyond.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and global lockdowns, the course will be offered online on Zoom.
The course fee is therefore FREE.
Since the course is FREE, scholarships are no longer applicable.
A high proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information and the payment details pages.
Documents to be submitted:
- Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
- One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
- Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)
*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.
Applications for this course closed on 16 October 2020.
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